|Poll: How do you grade Celtics’ draft?||06.26.15 at 12:20 pm ET|
The Celtics surprised almost everyone by grabbing Louisville point guard Terry Rozier with their first pick in Thursday’s draft, and followed that by taking George State shooting guard R.J. Hunter, LSU power forward Jordan Mickey and William & Mary point guard Marcus Thornton.
Did Danny Ainge do the right thing by taking the players he considered the most talented available, or was it a mistake to load up with undersized guards on a team that already has a plethora of undersized guards?
|Report: Celtics assistant Darren Erman to become Pelicans associate head coach||06.02.15 at 9:14 am ET|
According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans have agreed in principle with Celtics assistant Darren Erman to become their associate head coach under Alvin Gentry.
This past season was Erman’s first season with the Celtics, although he did serve as an assistant on Doc Rivers‘ staff during his time in Boston. Erman then spent two seasons with the Warriors turning around their defense before returning to the Celtics last season. He reportedly will focus on the defense with the Pelicans.
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Yahoo Sources: New Orleans reaches agreement to hire Boston assistant Darren Erman as associate head coach. http://t.co/sJ0vptfcSp
‘ Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 2, 2015
|Packard’s Corner: Celtics – Cavs Game 3 Live Blog||04.23.15 at 6:59 pm ET|
|Brad Stevens finishes 4th in Coach of Year voting||04.21.15 at 10:18 am ET|
In just his second year as an NBA coach, Brad Stevens is making a huge impression on the league.
The Celtics coach finished fourth in the NBA’s Coach of the Year voting getting two first place votes, four second place votes, and 28 third place votes for 50 total points. Atlanta’s Mike Budenholzer won the award with Steve Kerr finishing second and Jason Kidd third.
In his two seasons he has a record of 65-99, but went 40-42 leading the Celtics to the postseason this year.
They will take on the Cavs Tuesday night for Game 2 in their best-of-seven series trailing 1-0.
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|Celtics roundtable wrap-up: Team awards||04.17.15 at 12:58 pm ET|
With the end of the regular season, WEEI.com’s Celtics writers — Julian Edlow, Sam Packard and Ben Rohrbach — have come together to hand out some team awards. On Sunday Ben Rohrbach will have a complete preview the first-round playoff series between the Celtics and Cavaliers.
Julian Edlow: It sounds so corny to make a coach the MVP, but it’s the truth. Brad Stevens is the Celtics‘ MVP. What he’s done, going from a revolving door of players into a tight-knit team that’s hotter than anyone in the East, is truly remarkable. Each and every one of Stevens’ guys love playing for him, and it shows out on the court.
Sam Packard: I was leaning toward Stevens, too, for all the reasons Julian mentioned, but for variety’s sake I will take a player. I think Avery Bradley is the MVP this season. In addition to his great defense, Bradley has been the Celtics‘ most consistent scorer. If he could just extend his range out about three feet, he would be an All-Star.
Ben Rohrbach: Brad Stevens. When the front office trades your team’s top scorer (Jeff Green) and top playmaker (Rajon Rondo), injuries claim your last three first-round picks for at least 15 games apiece (Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart), and you’re operating at various stretches of the season with Avery Bradley, Brandon Bass, Evan Turner and even Tayshaun Prince as your best player, it’s probably safe to say your coaching played an important role in your team winning 40 games.
JE: The playoffs are as big of a surprise as we could have imagined. No one saw this coming when the C’s were 16-30 just 2 1/2 months ago. Fast forward to the postseason and Boston is 40-42 — finishing up at 24-12 since Feb. 2. And for those who would consider changing the playoff format, and I’m not against this, the Celtics still would be in with the 16th-best record in the league. But if the playoffs were too broad of an answer, getting Isaiah Thomas is a big surprise, too. He’s a huge reason that they are where they are.
SP: Who knew Evan Turner could be this good? No matter what he does, he is going to be the most hated Celtic on Twitter, but I have been really impressed by his ability to run the offense this year. His 2.5 turnovers a game are annoying, but the guy needs the ball in his hands to make plays, and he does exactly that. This year he joined Larry Bird, Antoine Walker, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo as the only Celtics to have three triple-doubles in a season.
BR: Turner. Anybody who thought a guy who ranked 205th in assist-to-turnover ratio last season would essentially be running the point as arguably the most important player for a playoff team this year is kidding themselves.
|Celtics-Cavaliers playoff series schedule released||04.16.15 at 7:23 am ET|
The NBA has released the first-round playoff schedule after the regular-season wrapped up Wednesday night. The Celtics-Cavs series will begin Sunday afternoon in Cleveland.
Here is the complete schedule for the series:
Game 1: Sunday, April 19 at Cleveland, 3 p.m. (ABC)
Game 2: Tuesday, April 21 at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3: Thursday, April 23 at Boston, 7 p.m. (TNT)
Game 4: Sunday, April 26 at Boston, 1 p.m. (ABC)
Game 5: Tuesday, April 28 at Cleveland, TBA*
Game 6: Thursday, April 30 at Boston, TBA*
Game 7: Saturday, May 2 at Cleveland, TBA (TNT)*
* If necessary
|Celtics clinch playoff spot with Nets’ loss to Bulls||04.13.15 at 10:29 pm ET|
The Celtics have clinched a playoff spot thanks to the Nets‘ 113-86 loss to the Bulls on Monday night. The Celtics currently sit in seventh in the Eastern Conference, a game ahead of the eighth-place Pacers. The Nets drop to ninth with Monday’s loss and can no longer catch Boston. The C’s wrap up the regular season with games against the Raptors on Tuesday and Bucks on Wednesday.
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